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Comment: Weather is more tough than expected... (Score 1) 162

by internet-redstar (#49366763) Attached to: How long until our skies are filled with drones?
Wind is a bigger problem than most people think. Just think back about how people looked at air travel 100 years ago, and yet again a large part of the public sticks with the same oldfashioned outdated views. It will never happen. Add to that fact that the 3D low air space can not at all be compared with traffic congestion as we know it... 'filled with drones'? Get real!

Comment: Isn't Google's fault, or is it? (Score 2) 579

Many remarks say that Google isn't to blame as they provide bug-free versions of Android as well.
HW vendors are indeed not interested to provide upgrades for hw they no longer sell.

While that is true, it was Google's choice to allow binary device drivers for Android interaction by the vendors.
It are these proprietary device drivers which are preventing initiatives such as Cyanogenmod and others to provide a clear upgrade path.
It illustrates the big mistake Google makes in this regard (allowing binary drivers and focusing on Apache licenses).
The position of Google is strong enough to make a stance in the interest of the users (and the world) that all Android drivers should be OpenSourced... in that way the users can 'bake their own' and get their own responsability with respect to upgrades.
The current situation brings the responsibility upon unwilling HW vendors, unwilling providers and ultimately Google.

Sooner or later this is going to blow up into the face of Google because bigger security problems will one day be found!
It's time Google takes a stance for OpenSource software in the interest of the users and the larger common good (certainly now it's completely on par with their own interests)!

Comment: Re:This was bound to happen. (Score 3, Interesting) 112

by internet-redstar (#48289359) Attached to: SpaceShipTwo Pilot Named; Branson Vows To 'Move Forward Together'
Somewhat maybe. In any case many people just want to experience flying. It is great fun to fly. And testing new planes is a special kind of fun at that. So I'm sure he had fun. And I'm sure he outweighed the fun versus the risk. I'm a frequent paraglider pilot, and even this close to earth lethal accidents do happen.
I for one accept my risks and live to have fun :)

Comment: Fishy Google Ideas (Score 4, Insightful) 289

by internet-redstar (#48216585) Attached to: Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems
While I do think the article is too long, I think some of the actions of Google are to be expected. Microsoft is also lobbying massively in Washington, and Google has to put some counterweight on that - one could think.
But what Assange lists about Google Ideas is disturbing.
And when I look at the Google Ideas website, it seems to be a very valid point. And even more disturbing.

Yet I do believe he thinks the CEO of Google has more power than he has in reality. And I might be naive. But, seriously, they should look better into what Jared Cohen is doing with the money of Google, there certainly is something fishy about this guy, his connection and interpretation of 'do no evil', thanks to Assange for pointing that out!

Comment: Re:It's not that difficult (Score 1) 202

by internet-redstar (#47761265) Attached to: How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids
I think its a completely different thing. In stonehenge, there was no mega-river which flooded the entire area. While making things difficult in some way, the flooding allowed the Egyptians to move heavy stuff easily because of the Archimedes principle.
They had boats and knew everything about locks and irrigation.
Stonehenge? I think that's a different matter.

Comment: Stupid theory... (Score 5, Interesting) 202

by internet-redstar (#47759591) Attached to: How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids
They where moved by irrigation.
the flats around the pyramids are perfectly flat. And where flooded with water when the Nile was at a yearly peak.
The water was trapped inside. The fence to keep the water inside is still standing
A corridor in the middle towards the pyramid was build and had dams to move the ships upward
The signs of the dam plates are still there in the corridors
The pyramid itself was a water basin, with the outside walls keeping the water inside
That's why they are all perfectly level
The ships moved the bricks in and lowered them to fill the pyramid. as a result the water rises.
However, water evaporates, and the movement of the ships upwards needs a water displacement at least equal to the mass moved up
So the ancient egyptians left clues everywhere to explain how they did it: everywhere, in the tombs in the pyramids, and even in New Kingdom in the Valley of the Kings, they drew how they accomplished it: by carrying buckets of water on their head.
That's how they build the pyramids; by putting water in the top of the pyramid, till all the ships with the stones where there.
Now, was that so hard to figure out? Stupid archeologists!

Comment: Re:GPLv4 - the good public license? (Score 1) 140

by internet-redstar (#47535513) Attached to: The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads
They could.

But the weapon manufacturers would have to look elsewhere for their software.

And the implications for such a law would go much further than OpenSource software.

It would be valid for any commercially developed software too.

I would be very surprised if the US government would pass a law to contradict the software industry to such an extend!

Comment: Re:GPLv4 - the good public license? (Score 1) 140

by internet-redstar (#47535433) Attached to: The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads
Would you agree with such a law?
How are they going to define a 'OSS' license?
Don't you think we will find a way around that to create another license not fitting that description and rendering that executive order useless.
No president would issue an executive order if it also hurts the software industry in the same way.

But I guess it's a valid point and something to be taken into consideration when drafting such a GPLv4.
Also don't forget that the GPLv4 goes a lot further than only the US...

Comment: Re:GPLv4 - the good public license? (Score 2) 140

by internet-redstar (#47535415) Attached to: The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads
We make software for a reason. Not to just give it away for free as in beer. But to provide freedom.

For that reason we ask people to release the changes to the code back to our collection of software which provides more freedom.

While certain companies are concerned about competitors getting to see their code, the disadvantages are much less important than the advantages of being able to stand on the shoulders of the giants in the opensource community.

We limit the freedom of people who want to use our code without giving back, so we can ensure a future in which we can access data without having to depend on one company. Together we are building that future.

Yet we see that our code is being used for mass surveillance.
To snoop upon all our communications.
To invade our privacy.
To datamine our meta-data and to possibly make far-reaching conclusions.
And to build weapons of mass destruction.
I don't want to contribute to such a future.

Comment: Re:GPLv4 - the good public license? (Score 1) 140

by internet-redstar (#47535367) Attached to: The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads
Developers have the choice to license their software under licenses as they choose appropriately.
Certainly the BSD license can still be used for such applications, even GPLv3 and GPLv2 licensed programs - in the far fetched assumption that the GPLv4 would become the 'good public license'.
And changing the law to remove clauses out of a software license,... well I think it's highly improbable and very difficult to implement in a law. Yet nothing is impossible. And it would probably lead again to a new software license (and a lot of relicensing work).

Comment: Re:GPLv4 - the good public license? (Score 1) 140

by internet-redstar (#47535313) Attached to: The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads
As we currently limit the freedom of those who want to create DRM-protected GPLv3 linux appliances. Or as we limit the freedom of people who would like to redistribute a Linux derivative in a proprietary format.

Certain freedoms have to be limited to protect our interests and preserve our own freedoms and even our privacy.

Real Programmers don't write in FORTRAN. FORTRAN is for pipe stress freaks and crystallography weenies. FORTRAN is for wimp engineers who wear white socks.